Apple Lays-Off 200 Titan Project Employees

HR Digest

Apple has dismissed not less than 200 of its employees working on the Titan Project. People familiar with the matter told CNBC that the company this week laid-off workers from its stealthy autonomous vehicle group. Apple on its pay-roll has incredibly talented team members who are working on autonomous systems and associated technologies. For other Titan project employees that the restructuring had not affected, they are at Apple.

How to Prioritize Your Company’s Projects

Harvard Business

” Without one, it is almost impossible to prioritize effectively. Behind that problem was a deeper one: We had more than 100 large projects (each worth over 500,000 euros) under way. The bank was using a project management tool, but the lack of discipline in keeping it up to date made it largely fruitless. Capacity, not strategy, was determining which projects launched and when. If people were available, the project was launched.

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20 Reasons Why Companies Should Do Less Better

In the CEO Afterlife

Do Less Better is also a culture and a strategy of organizations and their leaders. The added complexity and loss of focus on the Nike brand was a lesson well-learned and it didn’t take Nike long to see the error of their ways. It is an expectation placed upon us at a very young age.

3 Ways to Improve Your Organization’s Culture


by Calvin Guyer We have all heard the phrase “Culture eats strategy for lunch (or breakfast, or dinner).” ” But what exactly does it mean and what, as a business leader, can you do to improve your organization’s culture? That culture can help and it can hurt.

The Lessons Learned From Small Businesses

Eric Jacobson

Just imagine how intriguing it would be to hear stories about six road trips. Mazzeo : We were continually surprised by the creative strategies that small businesses had developed to compete better in their markets. Panhandle developed its strategy around dealing with this uncertainty.

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How Small Businesses Inspire Big Businesses

Eric Jacobson

Just imagine how intriguing it would be to hear stories about six road trips. Mazzeo : We were continually surprised by the creative strategies that small businesses had developed to compete better in their markets. Panhandle developed its strategy around dealing with this uncertainty.

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6 Road Trips Reveal Critical Lessons For Business Success

Eric Jacobson

Just imagine how intriguing it would be to hear stories about six road trips. Mazzeo : We were continually surprised by the creative strategies that small businesses had developed to compete better in their markets. Panhandle developed its strategy around dealing with this uncertainty.

A Way to Implement Change That Really Works

Change Starts Here

But how do I actually do it?”. When you find something that works and facilitate a breakthrough, it’s an amazing feeling, isn’t it? But otherwise, it can seem like a constant uphill battle. It’s easy to get stuck, wondering why what you’re doing isn’t working, lamenting all the resistance you face, and not knowing for sure what to do next. Since then, I have worked with clients in many different roles, projects and organizations.

Big-Box Retailers Have Two Options If They Want to Survive

Harvard Business

As a result, big box retail must shift its strategy — from competing on access and selection to staging big experiences and providing big discounts. Office Depot/Office Max announced it would close 400 stores this year and attempted a merger with Staples.

Many Strategies Fail Because They’re Not Actually Strategies

Harvard Business

Many strategy execution processes fail because the firm does not have something worth executing. The strategy consultants come in, do their work, and document the new strategy in a PowerPoint presentation and a weighty report. Town hall meetings are organized, employees are told to change their behavior, balanced scorecards are reformulated, and budgets are set aside to support initiatives that fit the new strategy. Many so-called strategies are in fact goals.

How to Cut Costs More Strategically

Harvard Business

We’ve all been through it — the looming cost project. And for many of us, it’s not a fond memory. ” Call it cost management fatigue. When doing research for our book , we found that the main reasons most companies suffer from this syndrome are that they make across-the-board cuts that are unconnected to their strategy, and fail to make the cuts sustainable. First, connect costs and strategy.

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The Best Companies Know How to Balance Strategy and Purpose

Harvard Business

Before the iPhone was introduced, in 2007, Nokia was the dominant mobile phone maker with a clearly stated purpose — “Connecting people” — and an aggressive strategy for sustaining market dominance. Seeking to extend its technological edge (particularly in miniaturization), it acquired more than 100 startup companies while pursuing a vast portfolio of research and product development projects. In retrospect, it seems inevitable.

Fighting Chronic Disease Starts with Better Pediatric Care

Harvard Business

It also has partnered with nationally recognized organizations such as the Reach Out and Read program to improve childhood language and literacy, and Health Leads (formerly Project HEALTH), for assessing families’ additional needs and connecting them to community resources. Its primary goal is to help children graduate college. It was also the inspiration for the U.S. Lauri Rotko/Folio Images/Getty Images.

There Are Two Types of Performance — but Most Organizations Only Focus on One

Harvard Business

Precision made it easy for managers to oversee their employees. It turns out that when employees felt that they were being monitored, they felt pressured to stick to “proven” methods. Tactical performance is how effectively your organization sticks to its strategy. It is the driver of focus and consistency. It allows organizations to increase strength by directing limited resources to the fewest targets.

The 2010 Execution Round-Up: Six Companies That Couldn't 'Get It.

Strategy Driven

It’s that time of year again: time for business owners and senior executives to take stock of the past twelve months. But there’s only one that really matters: Did your company effectively execute its plans and initiatives? Based on extensive research and years of practical experience, Closing the Execution Gap outlines five prerequisites for effective execution and five ‘Bridges’ that differentiate companies that do it best. It turns out that no one did.

The Four Personas of the Next-Generation CIO

Harvard Business Review

These executives played mission-critical roles in driving multi-million dollar projects that delivered massive change. As overall business strategy planning ties closer to IT strategy, four personas of the next-generation CIO will emerge: 1.

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Corporations: Donate Your Skills, Not Just Your Money

Harvard Business Review

What is it that makes a corporate citizenship program most effective in terms of employee satisfaction and community impact? Furthermore, we learned that this mode of giving delivers a greater impact to the community because it helps fill critical capability gaps in nonprofits.

Open Source Software Hits a Strategic Tipping Point

Harvard Business Review

Imagine you're in charge of software selection for your enterprise, and you're turning your attention to a specific IT challenge. It's a business-critical need requiring software that is capable of some heavy lifting. If you're like a growing number of IT executives, then yes, you do.

“Competitive Intelligence” Shouldn’t Just Be About Your Competitors

Harvard Business Review

The insights and the workshops have since influenced how Mars assesses risks and opportunities and develops strategy. This means identifying risks and opportunities early enough to allow the company to adapt its strategy or in extreme cases, change it.

Sub-Saharan Africa’s Most and Least Resilient Economies

Harvard Business Review

Nestlé announced plans to cut its staff in some central African countries, while Barclays’s new CEO is considering selling off the bank’s Africa assets. Businesses Have to Adapt Their Strategies to the New Normal. Emerging markets Global strategy Africa Article

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How to Apply for a New Job After You’ve Been Fired

Harvard Business

How should your résumé reference the previous position, or should you even include it? Looking for a job is never easy, and it can be even more nerve-wracking after your confidence has been through the wringer. It’s natural to feel slightly paranoid, says John Lees, UK-based career strategist and author of The Success Code. “You worry that everyone will immediately assume it’s your problem,” he says. Here are some strategies to employ.

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Don’t Draft a Digital Strategy Just Because Everyone Else Is

Harvard Business Review

When the CEO of GE announces that it will become a digital industrial enterprise and the CEO of Citigroup says it will become the world’s leading digital bank , you know that a new strategic priority is sweeping the corporate world. Strategies for growth in a connected world.

The State of Strategy Consulting, 2011

Harvard Business Review

Among my questions to them: How are you thinking about strategy these days? Some tentative conclusions: There is not much of a market for stand-alone strategy studies any more. The days when you could make a living responding to companies' discovery of strategy, as in "Gosh, we gotta get ourselves one of those," are gone with the 1970s (or maybe the 1990s in the "developing world"). and the Boston Consulting Group — still seems to require a strong strategy credential.

Sometimes Colleagues Are the Best Coaches

Harvard Business Review

It’s especially hard for senior executives, who have got where they are thanks to the way they behave. But coaching is a bit like therapy; it takes time for the results to be seen, and in that time there’s a lot of value that gets destroyed by an executive’s dysfunctional behavior. To help with the transition, and in particular with the project, the company hired two new executives. That spirit immediately made its presence felt in their work on the offshore project.

Google’s Strategy vs. Glass’s Potential

Harvard Business Review

As Quartz reported last year: Members of the Glass operations team have been on the road showing it off to companies and organizations, and they told Quartz that some of the most enthusiastic responses have come from manufacturers, teachers, medical companies, and hospitals.

CIOs Must Lead Outside of IT

Harvard Business Review

The CIO paradox is a set of contradictions that lies at the heart of IT leadership. Many CIOs have buckled under the CIO paradox, while others have managed to be effective despite it. Most large companies have underinvested in IT for decades. Reach beyond IT.

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A Playbook for Making America More Entrepreneurial

Harvard Business Review

Although it’s difficult to measure directly, entrepreneurship is understood to be a way to a middle class life. But these economic development strategies focused on big businesses, sometimes known as “elephant hunting,” may overstate the importance of large firms.

Better Healing from Better Hospital Design

Harvard Business Review

It’s clear that newly designed hospitals with hotel-like perks increase patient satisfaction and traffic. Contact with nature not only speeds patient healing, it also helps family members and hospital staff more effectively deal with the stress of providing care.

Don’t Turn Your Sales Team Loose Without a Strategy

Harvard Business Review

When formulating a strategy, markets and segments are important categories to consider. To borrow a telecom industry metaphor, a deal with a customer is the “last mile” in connecting any strategy with business development efforts and marketplace results.


How a Bathtub-Shaped Graph Helped a Company Avoid Disaster

Harvard Business Review

Caught up in administrative activities such as managing employee records and planning company picnics, human resources departments can too easily lose sight of their primary function: Making sure the organization has the needed human capital to implement its strategy. It was U-shaped.

Don't Let What You Know Limit What You Imagine

Harvard Business Review

Whether it's the stubborn inefficiencies of the health-care system , the ever-rising costs of the higher-education system , even the slow-motion collapse of the US postal system , leaders with unrivaled expertise and decades of experience can't seem to develop creative solutions to dire problems. Or, to put it differently, the most effective leaders demonstrate a capacity for vuja dé. Every great company has reinvented the industry it's in," founder Vernon Hill told me. "So

Leaders Can No Longer Afford to Downplay Procurement

Harvard Business Review

The term procurement itself has a very administrative connotation: It’s associated with buying ‘stuff’ for the lowest prices possible. Today’s corporations are directing more and more of their budgets toward a complex web of global specialist providers and suppliers to help deliver on their businesses’ core strategies. Or, at least, it should be magnified. How can we resolve a function that is increasingly marginalized, despite its growing importance to the firm?

When to Pass on a Great Business Opportunity

Harvard Business Review

Do you invest in the exciting new opportunity even though it does not fit with your existing strategy? It depends on whom you ask. It makes sense for a company to own a new business if it can create more value from owning the business than other parent companies.

How to Compete When IT Is Abundant

Harvard Business Review

"You only gain an edge over rivals by having or doing something that they can''t have or do," wrote Nicholas Carr ten years ago in his controversial HBR article, " IT Doesn''t Matter.". When "the core functions of IT — data storage, data processing, and data transport — have become available and affordable to all," he wrote, IT would cease to be a source of competitive advantage. We are moving abruptly from an era of IT scarcity to one of abundance.

How Microsoft Avoided the Peter Principle with Nadella

Harvard Business Review

For finishers, he will have to change its treads—redirect its strategy—while barreling down a highway with no map for what lies ahead. It is a “jump shift,” as Procter & Gamble chairman A.G. Lafley has described it. Prior jobs cannot totally prepare one for the elevated reality, especially when it now requires running the whole show. Or consider managed-health care provider Humana’s decision in 2013 to recruit an outsider as its next chief executive.


Tinkering with Strategy Can Derail Midsize Companies

Harvard Business Review

And they love to pursue them, deadline commitments or old strategies be damned. They forget that the strategy which took them from small to midsize has already proven itself a winner. So they begin tinkering with their core strategy, burning up resources while their companies wander off their tried-and-true growth path. The new president thought Cellairis should not only sell accessories, it should sell wireless phone service as well. But they must learn it.